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Final Climate Negotiations Before COP 20 Underway in Bonn

The final round of negotiations in preparation for the COP 20 climate conference got underway yesterday at UNFCCC headquarters in Bonn, Germany. Set for December in Lima, Peru, COP 20 is an important stepping stone to forging a new universal climate agreement in 2015 at COP 21 in Paris. The “October session” aims at giving countries the opportunity “to further…

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Fossil fuel divestment is our one chance to save a better world for our children

Divestment from Fossil Fuels is Our Only Hope

Fossil fuel divestment is one of the fastest growing movements on Earth and it continues to gain momentum. Since the divestment movement was launched three years ago, more than 650 individuals and 180 institutions, including 50 new foundations, which hold over $50 billion in total assets, have pledged to divest from fossil fuels. Whether in the form of mutual funds,…

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Saudi Arabia goes solar in a big way

Saudi Arabia’s Solar Energy Investment

Saudi Arabia, the world’s largest exporter of crude oil, is moving ahead of most of the world in another important area: renewable energy sources. Embracing renewable energy is seen by most observers as a smart move for Saudi Arabia, even as crude oil has made it one of the richest countries in the world. Finite supplies of fossil fuels and…

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People's Climate March in New York City

President Obama Speech at the UN Climate Summit

“We are the first generation to feel the effects of climate change, and the last generation that can do something about it” On the heals of the largest climate march in history in New York City, the United Nations Climate Summit gets underway. President Obama addresses the plenary session on meeting the challenge of climate change.   Featured image credit:…

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Scientists Sequence Coffee Genomes in Bid to Thwart Leaf Rust

Now in the public domain, genome maps for Coffee arabica and coffee eugenioides could boost climate change adaptation efforts across the world’s coffee belt. That includes breeding coffee plants resistant to coffee leaf rust, which is decimating production, as well as the livelihoods of farmers, their families and communities.

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WMO: Greenhouse Gas Concentrations Reach Record High

Atmospheric greenhouse gas concentrations reached a new record high in 2013, with carbon dioxide (CO2) levels rising more than in any year since 1984, according to the World Meteorological Association’s latest annual Greenhouse Gas Bulletin.

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Drought Conditions May Limit Panama Canal Passage

The head of the Panama Canal Authority warned that drought conditions may limit the draft of ships able to make the 48-mile passage. Besides its role in Panama’s economy, the Panama Canal watershed supplies clean drinking water and hydroelectric power for the Panama City metro area.